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# The health commissioner said that the government had implemented stric

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This question is part of the GMAT Club Sentence Correction : Verb Tense Revision Project.

The health commissioner said that the government had implemented strict measures to eradicate the contaminated food and, despite the recent illnesses, it will try to prevent the outbreak from recurring in the future.

(A) it will try

(B) that it tried

(D) it would have tried

(E) that it would try

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29 Mar 2015, 20:20
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In the original sentence, the verb "had implemented" is in the past perfect tense,
indicating that this event occurred at some point before the commissioner spoke. The
verb "will try", however, is in the simple future. When the future is indicated from the
point of view of the past, the simple future is not used. Instead, the conditional is
required. For example, "The man said that he would buy a new car" is preferable to
"The man said that he will buy a new car." We need to find a conditional
verb. Moreover, the pronoun "it" begins a new clause and thus requires repetition of
"that" in order to make clear, using parallel structure, that this new clause is still
something that the commissioner said. For example, "The man said that he would
buy a new car and that he would drive it everywhere" is preferable to "The man said
that he would buy a new car and he would drive it everywhere."

(A) This choice is incorrect as it repeats the original sentence.

(B) This choice does not offer the conditional "would try", though it does offer another
"that". The past tense "tried" is definitely wrong here because the trying
will happen "in the future" according to the original sentence. Thus this choice
changes the meaning unacceptably.

(C) This choice uses the past perfect tense "had tried" where the conditional "would
try" is preferred. An extra "that" is needed to make the two clauses "the government

(D) This is a tempting choice as it fixes the verb tense to the conditional "would."
However, the tense is technically "conditional perfect" (would have tried), which is not
the proper tense. Moreover, an extra "that" is needed to make the two clauses "the
government had..." and "it would try" parallel.

(E) CORRECT. This choice provides the plain conditional tense and another "that".
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22 Mar 2015, 10:56
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Hi,

As the 'the health commissioner said' is in the past, we need the 'would' to specify the event which was in future at that point of time.
Basically, when reporting verb is in the past , conditional is required.

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29 Mar 2015, 22:14
Also there is parallelism between: The health commissioner said that...and....that...

By this, we can narrow down to B and E. Since we are talking about future from the view point of the past, we use "would". Hence E is correct.
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15 May 2016, 13:14
souvik101990 wrote:
This question is part of the GMAT Club Sentence Correction : Verb Tense Revision Project.

The health commissioner said that the government had implemented strict measures to eradicate the contaminated food and, despite the recent illnesses, it will try to prevent the outbreak from recurring in the future.

A. it will try

B. that it tried

D. it would have tried

E. that it would try

The sequence of events is

Implementing strict measures---->The health commissioner announced implementation of programme ---->Try to prevent future incidents from recurring

 Future / will ( In The past ) = Would

Hence among the given options only option (E) fits in correctly....
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18 Dec 2016, 20:18
the commissioner said that... and that...
but it should be "and that despite the recent illnesses, it would try" rather than "and, despite the illnesses, that it would try"

If I are wrong, please tell me why? Thx
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06 Jan 2017, 02:21
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Hi all,
Is there any difference between:

The health commissioner said that the government had implemented strict measures to eradicate the contaminated food and, despite the recent illnesses, that it would try to prevent the outbreak from recurring in the future.

The health commissioner said that the government had implemented strict measures to eradicate the contaminated food and that, despite the recent illnesses,it would try to prevent the outbreak from recurring in the future.

the first version seems as if the commissioner said 2 things : the government had implemented... ; it would try to prevent...

Also,what is the antecedence of "it"? the health commissioner?
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